Spawn Animated Series Update From Todd McFarlane

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

spawn animated series1 Spawn Animated Series Update From Todd McFarlane

Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has been talking A LOT lately about everything Spawn – a new Spawn movie (sort of), but more importantly, the Emmy-winning Spawn animated series that used to run on HBO from 1997-1999. Yes, Todd McFarlane has done a lot of Spawn talking lately – talking, not walking.

So is it really possible that the Spawn Animated Series is returning to television?

MTV Splash Page recently caught up with McFarlane and by all accounts the man swears that he will be delivering animated Spawn unto us again.

Now, part of what’s held up the Spawn property from TV and movie ventures (and nabbing T McF a nice paycheck) is – what else but – legal disputes. But word is the suits are getting worked out and the dust is beginning to settle, leaving McFarlane free to attempt a late-decade Spawn resurrection (get it?).

And apparently T McF hasn’t been asleep at the wheel – he’s even done work on an animated Spawn feature:

“We developed another 85-minute, movie-length storyline, but things got complicated near the end and there were some legal issues, so it got frozen because of that…Recently, we were able to come to a compromise where everybody is happy. As a result of that, at the end of this year—as long as both parties do what they’re supposed to—then all the rights come back to me…[the animate feature] stalled right at going overseas to find a studio, so it’s pretty far along,”

It’s noted in Splash Page‘s article that McFarlane was talking with such confidence about the project that it’s really just a question of whether or not the new Spawn animated series kicks off with the animated feature or if they cut it up into a couple of episodes to launch the season. Big talk…

…But truth be told, I would love to see this happen. If you don’t know about Spawn, it was a comic book McFarlane (above) created, about a dead soldier and husband who makes a deal with a devil to return to earth for his wife – only he gets tricked and ends up wandering the night as a hell warrior with dark magic powers and a parasitic costume. It was a hot comic in the 90s, became a crap live-action movie in 1997 and an Emmy-winning animated series that same year. Why did the cartoon do so well? Because unlike the PG-13 movie it went hardcore HBO-brand Rated “R” and was as bloody, raunchy and depraved as the comic.

It was a pretty awesome series.

McFarlane (always the pitch man) also mentioned how the relaunched might tie into his latest Spawn movie idea, and when things might move forward for realz with the cartoon. Check out MTV Splash Page for the whole Shabang.

Will soon see if the walk gets walked…

Source: MTV Splash Page

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  1. I’ve only got three words for a new Spawn movie, R RATED SPAWN. None of that PG 13 stuff.

  2. I only have two…

    Too late

  3. The movie I’m not so sure about but the animated series was pretty decent. Serious tone and good story.

  4. Todd Mcfarlane is an idiot. With that being said I’ll watch a new Spawn cartoon.

  5. The animated series wasn’t better than the film because it featured R-rated material, it was better because it actually had talented writers and directors.

  6. The thing that most struck me about the Animated version vs. the live film was the very well done use of narrative in the cartoon. (By the old bum). It kept the focus on the story and made it easier to be objective about what was going on in the story arc.
    The movie aspired to be watchable, but just couldn’t ever shake off the impression that no one in it, including Spawn, was ever really that important…

  7. i have the three seasons of spawn animated series on dvd, but i could swear there were more episodes involving the office of the angels where there was a boss lady telling the angels to try harder to kill spawn or something !! am i wrong or were there more when it was on hbo !!

  8. John coate

    I don’t remember more than 3 seasons of it but I could be wrong.

  9. The guy who wrote all this should be banned from writing future columns where ANIME is concerned. Muppet, if you don’t know the difference between a cartoon and an animation by now, you never will.
    P.S., If it was by chance a tactic used to relate to general audiences then I applaud the effort, however, it is wasted as Todd more than likely couldn’t give a rats ass about appealing to those people, you know, the ones who can’t tell the difference.

  10. Spawn is awsome and the rest of the story line in the aanimated series has the potental to be amazing. If you look at the symbolism this is perhaps one of the deeper comic books from the 90’s.

  11. was there realy only three season of the ANIMETION? becouse it see med to be continued

  12. The ones who cancelled Spawn deserves a hellish foot massage… Up their ass!!

  13. I think in the anime there is a lot of stuff not shown and not finished its a great concept but needs more fighting between heaven and hell more hell spawn and angel….. All round good story just needs more detail a lot more

  14. I would have to agree with everyone that the movie was a flop, all action and it totally cut out much of the story line and the characters persona’s as well. As for the animated series, well that just MUST come back. Leave Todd his rights to his creation and continue the series. If he wants to make a movie fine, but for s***’s sake don’t make it like the last or have anything to do with the last. Burn that film from history. Todd McFarlane created an amazing comic and it should be allowed to grow and spread.